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Ten Tips To Comply With California’s Upcoming Sick Pay Mandate

Mandatory sick pay is coming to California in less than 60 days. Beginning July 1, 2015, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) will obligate employers in California to offer sick pay to nearly every...more

Massachusetts Sick Leave Law – Safe Harbor for Employers

The Massachusetts paid sick leave law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2015. A recent client alert provides a summary of the law: Massachusetts Voters Pass Mandatory Paid Sick Time. While regulations have been...more

Attorney General Announces 6-Month “Safe Harbor” Under Earned Sick Time Law

On Monday, May 18, 2015, the Office of the Attorney General announced a “safe harbor” for some employers under the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law. Specifically, the Attorney General has determined that for the so-called...more

Proposed Regulations Shed Light on Unanswered Massachusetts Sick Leave Questions

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question that requires all private-sector employers to provide employees with up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year....more

“Unlimited” Time Off Policies – Fad or Fun?

Over the past several years the concept of “unlimited” vacation policies have sprung up around the philosophy that it allows companies to treat its employees with respect and empower them to make their own decisions regarding...more

2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: First Round Results and Recaps

This past weekend, while college basketball teams across America finished up their conference tournaments, 64 employment law issues played in the first round of our tournament, and boy did it live up to the hype. Filled with...more

Blizzards, Hurricanes, and That Dreaded TORCON Index

Many “it was the worst day of my life” stories begin with a weather event. I will never forget sitting with a client in an early April morning mediation several years ago when she received a call on her cell phone. She was...more

Court Continues Stay Pending Inter Partes Review Even Though PTO Declined to Institute Review on Patent

The district court had previously stayed the patent infringement action between Nidec Motor Corporation and Broad Ocean Motor pending the PTO's decision on whether to institute an inter partes review on three of the...more

Chicken Soup for CA Employers: How to Stay Healthy When Implementing Your Sick Leave Plan

The new California paid sick leave law is now “in effect” and you are ramping up your HR and payroll team to get ready for July 1 when employees can start accruing sick leave under the law. But now that you’re digging into...more

Seattle Seahawks Headed for a Second Straight Super Bowl Victory? Yes, According to Unemployment Statistics; No According to...

Predicting the Super Bowl victor used to be easy. You just looked at the city with the lower unemployment rate and who Elijah that lovable orangutan picked and you called it a day. Elijah had picked seven straight Super...more

Placing “Limits” on “Unlimited” Vacation Policies

With flexibility and work-life balance becoming increasingly important to employees, employers are rethinking the concept of vacation time as a fringe benefit; and some employers are responding to the needs of their employees...more

Elimination of Vacation and Sick Day Accruals. Can that be Legal?

According to a November 17, 2014 article in LAobserved.com highlighted by the Los Angeles Business Journal, exempt non-union Los Angeles Times employees as of January 1, 2015 will no longer be able to accrue vacation days,...more

Court Endorses PTO Use for Exempt Employee Partial-Day Absences

Employers often confuse the strict rules limiting the docking of exempt employees’ salary with different rules relating to partial-day deductions under vacation or “paid time off” (PTO) policies. A California appellate court...more

Quirky Question #234, Selling Accrued Vacation

Question: Our company allows employees to sell up to 40 hours of their accrued PTO (accrued vacation) each year. If an employee elects to sell the accrued PTO, we pay it out in a lump sum at the end of the year. Does...more

It’s Catching: Is the Spread of Paid Sick Leave Laws Making Employers Ill?

As winter has turned to spring, and flu season has turned to allergy season, have your employees been accruing government-mandated paid sick leave? They might be if they happen to work in New York City (NYC), Newark, or...more

Patent Issues Remain a Priority for the White House

On February 20, 2014, the White House hosted an event "highlight[ing] progress on the [Obama] Administration's patent policy agenda." Orrick intellectual property attorney Wesley Helmholz attended the event at the White...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2014

The America Invents Act (AIA) came into law back in September 2011, but it was not until last March that its provisions were completely phased in. The changes last year included not only the switch from a “first-to-invent” to...more

No Patent for You

Patent eligibility restrictions hit life sciences and tech - After years of issuing rulings limiting what can be patented, the Supreme Court turned its attention squarely toward patent eligibility in the life sciences...more

California Grid Operator Proposes Extending Rate Incentives To Developers

On October 17, 2013, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) released a draft final proposal for revisions to its transmission planning process. The proposal reflects comments received on a straw proposal issued...more

Harley-Davidson Logo Rides Without Words

The well-known, if not famous, Harley-Davidson logo is on the left below, but what is on the right? Might Harley-Davidson also be in the business of renting storage garage units for motorcycles among other outdoor...more

Employment Law Blog: The Perils of PTO (or too much alliteration)

Paid Time Off (PTO) is a marketing tool. We use it to obtain interest by prospective employees, to retain existing employees and sometimes we use it to get employees out of the office before we give in to that impulse to...more

Employment Law Blog: The Price of Generosity - PTO Donation Policies

At Davis Brown's recent Employment Law Seminar, a hot topic was the structure and utilization of Paid Time Off and leave donation programs. Iowans tend to be generous givers. We step forward, we raise the barn, bake a pie,...more

Update on Nanotechnology Class 977 Patent Filings in 2013 – the Patent Race Slows an Ounce?

2013 is flying by, remarkably fast, so it was time to check how the class 977 patent filings are coming for the new year. Last year provided a record 4,098 nanotechnology publications. ...more

Business Litigation Report -- March 2013

In This Issue: - Firm News: Quinn Emanuel Recognized as a “2013 Go-To Law Firm for Top 500 Companies” and Quinn Emanuel Named Law360 Class Action Practice Group of the Year - Main...more

The Joint DOJ and PTO Perspective on Standards-Essential Patents as Compared to that of the FTC

On January 8, the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“PTO”) (collectively, “the Agencies”) issued a joint policy statement regarding remedies for Standards-Essential...more

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